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Fishman Haygood L.L.P.

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Year founded: 1994
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Fishman Haygood, L.L.P. enjoys a reputation as one of Louisiana’s leading business law firms. We advise a variety of commercial clients – including large, sophisticated businesses as well as smaller, entrepreneurial enterprises – across a broad range of practice areas. Although we handle major transactions and litigation for public companies, we also understand the needs of new and emerging companies, and tailor our services to help them grow.

Our "boutique" firm structure has allowed our lawyers to develop expertise in several specialized areas of law, permitting us to devise innovative solutions to our clients’ business and litigation problems. Our lawyers are known for their extensive experience in a variety of intricate business matters, as well as for their commitment to excellence and values of professionalism. Because of our small size, our clients are assured that our most senior lawyers are actively involved in the projects we undertake.


Fishman Haygood L.L.P. is metro ranked in 23 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Baton Rouge, LA
Tier 1 for Land Use and Zoning Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 2 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
New Orleans, LA
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law

Select Clients

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Beau Box Realty
  • Beaumont Health System
  • Bernhard LLC
  • Biltmore Property Group
  • Bollinger Enterprises
  • Bonelli Erede
  • Cantale Guinan
  • Carbo-Chlorination Technologies LLC
  • Chaffe & Associates, Inc.
  • Continental Realty Corporation
  • Cooper Human Systems
  • Crescent Capital Consulting, LLC
  • Dallas County Utility Reclamation District
  • Denham Capital
  • Dorsey Development, LLC
  • Dovetail Development, LLC
  • Enhanced Capital Partners, L.L.C.
  • Enquist Level Development
  • EuroChem Louisiana, LLC
  • Eustis Commercial Mortgage Corporation
  • Executive Affiliates, Inc.
  • Genesis Offshore
  • GMFS Financial Services
  • Go Auto
  •, Inc.
  • Gray Insurance Company
  • Gulliver One
  • H&E Equipment Services, Inc.
  • Hajari Hospitality Management
  • Harvest Marks Pipeline, LLC
  • Home Bancorp, Inc.
  • Iberia Capital Partners
  • IberiaBank
  • Intermarine, LLC
  • Jefferson Capital Partners
  • Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.
  • Kabine Law Office
  • KFK Group Inc.
  • Lake Hospital System
  • Learning Sciences Corporation
  • Level Homes
  • Liberty Bank & Trust
  • Loadstar Product Handling Services
  • Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
  • Louisiana Department of Revenue & Taxation
  • Louisiana Department of Treasury
  • Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District
  • Louisiana Television Broadcasting/WBRZ-7 TV
  • MAC-RE, L.L.C.
  • Miles Lumber
  • Millennium Galvanizing
  • Morada Energy, LLC
  • Municipal Employee's Retirement System of Louisiana
  • New Jersey Division of Law, Affirmation Civil Enforcement
  • New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc.
  • New Orleans Public Belt Railroad
  • New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
  • New Orleans Startup Fund
  • New York Times Co.
  • Orleans Parish School Board
  • Peaker Energy, LLC
  • Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity
  • Provident Resources Group
  • Regions Financial Corporation
  • Robinson Lumber Company, Inc.
  • Rouse's Enterprises, L.L.C.
  • Sabin, Bermant & Gould LLP
  • Sanderson Farms, Inc.
  • Schwegmann Real Estate
  • Simmons & Company International Ltd.
  • SMG
  • South Highland Ventures
  • Stewart Construction Co., Inc.
  • Stirling Properties, LLC
  • Superior Energy Services, Inc.
  • Swire Oilfield Services Ltd.
  • The Associated Press
  • The Buccini Pollin Group
  • The Howard Hughes Corporation
  • The Lemoine Company
  • Total Life Care RX
  • Tufts Energy
  • Tundra Oil & Gas, LLC
  • Turbo Squid, Inc.
  • Ustay Construction-Contracting and Trading Company
  • Viking Energy Group, Inc.
  • Wallace C. Drennan, Inc.
  • Wampold Companies, L.L.C.
  • West Virginia United Health System, Inc.
  • Whitney Bank
  • Williams Williams Montgomery, PA
  • XTn Group, LLC

Highlighted Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
Commercial Litigation
Lori Mince of Fishman Haygood is the best. She is so incredibly smart and composed.
Corporate Law
Fishman Haygood's corporate and merger department first rate. They are always responsive, even on week-ends and holidays. Very competent and user friendly with prompt and courteous service. First rate legal services always provided.
Joe Montgomery – Williams Williams Montgomery, PA
Corporate Law
The whole Fishman Haygood team always goes above and beyond on any and all assignments and provide exceptional service. Steven Serio is always on top of things to help make sure that his clients are protected and that our deals are getting done correctly from a legal standpoint. I frequently receive compliments from lenders, brokers, and opposing parties regarding his work, expertise, understanding of pertinent issues and attention to detail. Additionally, he's always available and responsive which is highly impressive considering the overall workload that he must have.
Nimesh Hajari – Hajari Hospitality Management
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Excellent work product and responsiveness from John Werner and Chip Saulsbury of Fishman Haygood.
Tom Ambrose, Partner – Black Bay Energy Capital
Real Estate Law
Tyler Marquette at Fishman Haygood has been an excellent real estate lawyer. He is very easy to work with and responsible about follow up and advice. Together, we have thought though some tough situations and come out on top.
Commercial Litigation
Fishman Haygood has exceptionally smart and commercially savvy attorneys. They are efficient and know when to fight and when to make a deal. Jim Swanson is a stand-out. He sees the big picture and gets his points across in an effective, reasonable way.
Corporate Law
Fishman Haygood have been phenomenal corporate lawyers for us, from general counsel advice to M&A and even litigation (which we didn't want to need). Strongly recommend.
Matthew Wisdom, CEO – TurboSquid, Inc.
Corporate Law
The team at Fishman Haygood is by far the best attorneys I've worked with in my career. This is true in several respects: First and foremost, they have a sense of ownership of my business goals and the use of legal representation to accomplish those goals. Other firms in the past left me owning the outcome and only gave me legal constraints on how to accomplish this. Additionally, they are very responsive to day-to-day requests and are very involved in community, often leading the way.
Shawn Usher – Sparkhound, LLC
Corporate Law
I have been on the Board of Sanderson Farms since 1989 and have extensive experience with Fishman Haygood. They are extremely responsive and provide excellent representation. They do not hesitate to seek out and assist vetting if we need certain expertise. They continue to interface on our behalf with other firms selected for certain work. They understand completely the fiduciary responsibility of independent Directors and we have confidence relying on their advice.
Phil Livingston – Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Banking and Finance Law
I have worked with numerous law firms over the course of my career. Fishman Haygood is by far the most knowledgeable and cost effective firms when it comes to real estate Banking & Finance Law. They add value in every assignment that they do for me.
Justin Landry – Stirling Properties, LLC


Metro Rankings

Baton Rouge, LA
Tier 1 for Land Use and Zoning Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 2 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
New Orleans, LA
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Environmental Law
Tier 1 for Equipment Finance Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Bankruptcy
Tier 1 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 1 for Litigation - First Amendment
Tier 1 for Litigation - Municipal
Tier 1 for Litigation - Securities
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 1 for Securities Regulation
Tier 2 for Appellate Practice
Tier 2 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 2 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 2 for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Tier 3 for Commercial Finance Law

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Environmental Law
  • Equipment Finance Law
  • First Amendment Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation

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Client Comments

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Main Location

New Orleans, LA
201 Saint Charles Avenue, Suite 4600
New Orleans, LA 70170-4600
United States
504-586-5252 Call our New Orleans, LA location at 504-586-5252 Get Directions Get directions to our New Orleans, LA location

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Management and Personnel

Managing Partner
John D. Werner


Banking and Finance
John D. Werner
Corporate / M&A
John D. Werner
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